ROY WHYTE recounts the history of the Citylink 926, connecting Glasgow with Campbeltown
The roads from Glasgow to Campbeltown are steeped in history; following the Great Western Road out of Glasgow on the A82; running alongside Loch Lomond from Balloch – the southernmost point of the loch – to Tarbet, where the A82 continues right, heading for Crianlarich and points north to Oban (via the A85), Fort William and Inverness.
The A83 Campbeltown road bears left at Tarbet and hits the top of Loch Long at Arrochar, continuing through Glen Croe to “Rest and be Thankful” before descending to Cairndow at the head of Loch Fyne. The A83 continues along Loch Fyne until it reaches the incredibly atmospheric Argyll town of Inveraray – the seat of Dukes of Argyll of Campbell descent.
The A83 continues to wind its way along Loch Fyne’s water’s edge until the Mid-Argyll towns of Lochgilphead and Ardrishaig, before turning further south and heading for another spectacular town: Tarbert. From Tarbert and East Loch Tarbert (at the base of Loch Fyne), the A83 continues south westward joining West Loch Tarbert, passing Kennacraig Ferry Terminal – for Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) services to Islay, Colansay and Oban – on the water’s edge giving amazing views of the atmospheric hills – the Paps of Jura – and those of Islay.